Will Turkey’s unstable government start a Middle Eastern war?

Sarphan Uzunoğlu, is an activist in Turkey, working for one of the country’s opposition MPs. Here he offers an analysis of the country’s fraught internal politics and the possibility of a war with Syria. WHAT IS GOING ON IN TURKEY? In Turkey Today, many questions are waiting to be answered. The Justice and Development Party […]

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The best of the red web

Believe or not, not everything worth reading gets published on The Third Estate. Indeed, much has seized my interest of late around the rest of the red web. One of my favourite newish things is The Big Smoke, an online magazine for London focused on community issues and London politics. It probably won’t tell you […]

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Feminism, sex-selective abortion, and the false charge of hypocrisy

So the Telegraph has “uncovered” the fact that some doctors are offering abortions without asking very many questions. Well golly, who’dda thunk it?! It hardly needs to be said that the Paper’s “expose” is more an exercise in advocacy than it is genuine investigative journalism. For decades it has been widely understood that British women […]

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King’s College London takes on unpaid staff

We are all aware of the state of the job market at the moment: each vacancy is being chased by an ever-increasing number of jobseekers. As a jobseeker myself, I can only attest to the fact that it really is as bad as it sounds. The realities of workfare hit the news in the last […]

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Five Things I Wish ‘Keynesians’ Would Stop Saying

John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) was an economic theorist whose views on money and unemployment became some of the most influential of the twentieth century, shaping government politice worldwide. Seeming to forget how badly that century went in its latter half as much as the first, scores of leftists have now been turning to various versions […]

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How rich institutions, the big parties and the mass media have colonised the blogosphere

It occurred to me recently that we at The Third Estate hadn’t interacted much with fellow bloggers lately. So to jog my memory of who was out there I went over to Wikio. Using a metric that I can’t be bothered to explain, wikio lists the most “influential” blogs in order of ranking. What I […]

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Greece forced to amend its constitution as part of the bailout deal!

It emerged that Greece will be forced to amend its constitution as part of the bailout deal. The BBC reports that: Within the next two months, Greece will also have to amend its constitution to give priority to debt repayments over the funding of government services. Just amazing. Without a doubt, this is the greatest […]

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Workfare in Context

This week has seen a huge furore over the Government’s “workfare” scheme, whereby unemployed people, and those on disability benefits, can be forced to work for 30 hours a week. If they refuse, they can have their benefits removed for a period of three months. Amidst the uproar, I thought it might be worthwhile to […]

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A day in the life of Question Time’s Julie Meyer

Entrepreneur and digital genius Julie Meyer has kindly offered The Third Estate the following insight into her daily routine. This morning started out badly. Having woken up hungry, I looked in my cupboard, and, lo and behold, I was out of bread and butter. I sat there grumpily for a while until I remembered: there’s […]

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How Europe became Germany’s perfect gunboat

Athens has begun to burn. Since 2008, Greece has sacrificed everything – up to and including its multi-party democracy – in order to ensure that French and German banks can continue to recieve tribute on their loans, and that the Euro can go on in its present form. On sunday night, a people with little […]

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